NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mets ace Matt Harvey took the next step in his rehabilitation from right elbow surgery, increasing his throwing distance from 90 to 120 feet.
Harvey said Friday he feels great and the target date for throwing off a mound is June 10.
The right-hander had Tommy John surgery Oct. 22, about two months after New York said the first-time All-Star had a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. Recovery from that injury generally takes 12 to 18 months.
Harvey said he makes 20 throws at a time from the rehab distance but needs many more while he warms up.
Also, the Mets recalled shortstop Wilmer Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas and inserted him into the starting lineup for their series opener against Philadelphia.
First baseman Lucas Duda is out of the lineup because of the stomach flu.
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